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Parker the Penguin

Just a reminder from my new friend Parker that new photos are being posted at the Smugmug offsite instead of the old vista.howlingpoint.net gallery. I shoot much more than I write.

Chuck posted this on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at  9:14 am.   Comments Off on Smugmug Reminder 

Smugmug and Sedona

Today is brought to you by the letter ‘S’.  Recovering from a wonderful week in Sedona, and using Smugmug to handle the photos going forward (for now).  It actually does give me everything I want, and then some, but I’m not entirely happy with the cost.  Am I finally to the point where hosting/coding is too much work that I’ll pay others to do it for me?

Photos from the trip are here, and for the first time in forever I didn’t have to reduce the pictures’sizes to protect the server: https://howlingpoint.smugmug.com/Sedona-Roadtrip-June-2018/

Chuck posted this on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at  5:00 pm.   Comments Off on Smugmug and Sedona 


Not much here – the recent neglect of the written word will continue for the foreseeable future.

The photo gallery, however, where I’ve been much more active, is overdue for some changes.  The software I’ve been using just received it’s first update in over a year, and that update seems to have created more problems than it solved.

And while I would prefer to self-host because I’m kind of a control freak, modern digital photography involves files that are much larger than when I started, and while I appreciate the occasional linkee-love, big crowds tend to drag down all my sites to the point of requiring reboots, and I really don’t need the aggravation.

So, expect some changes, and maybe even a couple of trial and error fits over the next few weeks.  Currently giving SmugMug and Photoshelter the once over, but open to suggestions.  Our upcoming trip to Sedona should be the perfect change to road test some finalists and then see where things go from there.

Chuck posted this on Monday, June 11, 2018 at  3:57 pm.   Make the second comment. 

Ten Years!

Today we celebrate ten years of warm puppy licks, unconditional love, and dismembered plushies.  Thanks for coming into our home, Diego, and thanks again to the San Diego Humane Society for letting him take care of us.

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Chuck posted this on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at  8:12 am.   Make the second comment. 

A Surprise ComicCon

We’d pretty much written off attending this year’s Geekfest given our poor lottery karma, but a good friend came through with Saturday and Sunday day passes on Friday, so off we went.  Had a blast.  Photos are up over at the gallery.  Wanted to point out this one special through: hands down the most imaginative cosplay I’ve seen in years.

Have to give a shout-out when a one-off line in a movie can become something special all on it’s own, and dedicated people like these two have the initiative to go out and create two costumes from scratch based on one simple joke.

Chuck posted this on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at  3:49 pm.   Comments Off on A Surprise ComicCon 

June travels

It’s no secret we normally hit the road in June.  It coincides with the time that Randy’s free from his responsibilities as a teacher and has a birthday, and we have a wedding anniversary.  Recent past years have included Sedona, and Sea Ranch; this year San Francisco proper got the nod.

We jammed as much as we could into four days: Beach Blanket Babylon, a Tony Party with the Ray of Light Theatre, the Disney Museum and the deYoung’s Summer of Love exhibit, a tourist swing through Fisherman’s Wharf and Coit Tower, and amazing food all over the place.  The stay was anchored by the fabulous Tilden Hotel, which gave us the needed moments of rest and calm in addition to a place to leave our stuff.   Embarrassed to say I never would have heard about it but for a blind bid on Priceline – now I can’t imagine returning to the city without looking for availability there first.

Of course, it didn’t hurt anything that midway through the trip we stopped at the Cathay House for sustenance and spiritual guidance and we blessed by our representative of the Ancient Order of Chinese Busboys and Cooks with these bits of wisdom:

Be alert for new opportunities [in bed] – pleasure or business [in bed].


You will soon be singled out for a promotion [in bed].  Congrats!

Chuck posted this on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at  6:10 pm.   Comments Off on June travels 

No words…

but pictures.

Easter and rowers and birthdays and sea lions.

Chuck posted this on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at  1:59 pm.   Make the second comment. 


Yep, it’s Adoption Day for Diego.  Celebrating nine years of white, fluffy goodness in our lives today.  Photos and words documenting the experience for those of you not lucky enough to experience it in real life.

Chuck posted this on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at  8:42 am.   Comments Off on D-Day!!! 

Happy New Year!

2017 Penguin Plunge from Chuck Hartley on Vimeo.

Chuck posted this on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at  5:38 pm.   2 comments have been made. Join them. 

New Living Room

We’re finally knocking out some of the long pending renovations to the downstairs at Casa.  There’s still a bit more to do before Thanksgiving, including a new light fixture from Mission Studios for the dining room, but we knocked out the bulk of the flooring yesterday.  Engineered hardwood Bamboo Toast (horizontal).

There are plenty of ‘before’ pictures floating around here and elsewhere, but here is the ‘during’:


My bobble-overlords are supervising today’s hardwood flooring installation. #canonrebel #homeimprovement

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And here is the ‘after’:

Hardwood is in; trim and stairs to come when the pain subsides. #homeimprovement #selfie

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Chuck posted this on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at  8:48 am.   Comments Off on New Living Room 

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